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29 September 2020

King's Menzies Australia Institute signs new agreement with the Australian National University

King’s College London has signed a new three-year agreement with the Australian National University (ANU) to appoint annual Co-Directors of the Menzies Australia Institute within the School of Global Affairs.


We’re excited to announce that the incoming ANU Menzies Co-Directors (Policy and Engagement) will be Dr Béatrice Bijon and Professor Martin Thomas. Both Béatrice and Martin have had strong connections to the Institute since giving a visiting screening and hosting a Q&A on their film Etched in Bone  in 2019.

The two leading research-and-teaching universities already have a close working relationship.This new appointment aims to further strengthen the ties between ANU and King’s College London, and advance the Institute’s strategy on research, teaching and engagement.

Speaking from their current home in Ireland, Béatrice Bijon and Martin Thomas said they were enthused by the appointment.

‘We are delighted to be leading the Institute at a time that is both challenging and full of opportunities. Global Affairs at King’s is an international centre for creative and analytical thinking and debate. We look forward to contributing to dialogue that extends across nations and across cultures.’

The newly appointed Head of Global Affairs at King's, Dr Clare Herrick, is happy to see the connection with ANU develop via the Australia Institute:

This new initiative comes at a critical moment for the Menzies Australia Institute, as it continues to develop its research and teaching role here at King’s College London. Menzies has worked closely with partners in Australia, and we hope this new co-directorship with the Australian National University will further enhance that work.

Dr Clare Herrick

Beatrice and Martin will be taking up their post in September 2020. You can find out more about the Institute, including research and events, on its website.